Stories from Alaska

An insider's journey through Alaska's best kept secrets

There’s nothing quite as powerful as a good story. If you’re planning a vacation to Alaska, this is a great place to get inspiration and ideas. From travel tips to insider perspectives, from wildlife facts to photos and videos, you’ll begin to see why Alaska will be one of your favorite destinations to visit – for years to come.

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Kayaking in Alaska

Imagine yourself cruising in a kayak across a peaceful and practically mirror-flat surface of an Alaska bay. You pull up the paddle for a moment, rest it on your kayak and take it all in: bobbing mildly, you inhale the fresh, cool air coming off the nearby glacier with a hint of saltwater mist. Suddenly, two puffins take off, their... Read More


Traveling Alaska by Rail

There’s something special about traveling in a train car, cruising along Alaska’s finest scenery. From your comfortable seat on the Alaska Railroad, you can gaze through the rail car’s large picture windows and see it all – Alaska's mountaintops and treetops, glaciers, water, wildlife and even some cool urban landscapes. Your train moves at a steady and serene pace, allowing... Read More


Alaska’s Beer Boom: Breweries, Tasting Rooms, Craft & Micro Brews

Alaska is in the midst of a beer boom with a surge in breweries and craft and micro brew production. Alaskans have always loved their saloons and suds. But for the longest time, brewing here in Alaska was relegated to homemade laboratories in beer lovers’ basements or garages. Brewing was a niche business at best and dominated by the famous... Read More


Every year, tens of millions of salmon return to the pristine shores of Bristol Bay in Alaska. They linger in the bay's cool, shallow waters before charging up nearby streams to spawn and create another generation of wild salmon.

— Frances Beinecke
Visit Alaska On Video: Planning A Vacation to America’s “Last Frontier”

There's nothing more exciting than coming to Alaska. Many people have had Alaska on their bucket list for years and for good reason. What's a visit to the 49th U.S. state feel, look and sound like? Watch this video from TravelAlaska to find out! Dive into an Alaska vacation experience by video you'll never forget (go full screen for best results!):... Read More


Like any traveler, I'm always looking for those experiences that are almost unique to any place, and watching films around Alaska of the skies in winter made me want to taste those unworldly showers of light in person.

— Pico Iyer
Misty Fjords National Monument

Grandiose glaciers, wonderful waterfalls and chilling cliff walls. Deep blue water and white capped mountains. The unique rainforest characteristics, landscapes and natural colors of Southeast Alaska. An amazing assortment of the state’s wildlife traveling the air, land and waters. It can all be found in one place: the Misty Fjords National Monument. Misty Fjords is a magical 2.3 million acre stretch... Read More


Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park

Gold! Gold! Gold! In 1896, the Klondike Gold Rush drew around 100,000 prospectors, laborers and entrepreneurs to the Yukon Territories and Dawson City, Southeast Alaska and Skagway, the Yukon River and beyond, with all routes leading to potential fortunes. Some struck gold and had their lives instantly changed. But most grand dreams of gold were met with the reality of... Read More